The ceremony is no laughing matter when it comes to Australian psych-action thriller sci-fi, Echo 8. Heralded as a beacon of success for indie film locals in the region as a low budget sensation, the film has been tracking more than well at festivals with ample reception, and I’ve happily contributed as much through my platform.
The US $8,000-produced feature debut from film duo Maria Tran and Takashi Hara, and screenwriter Elizabeth H. Vu, now makes headway at this weekend’s freshman Big Bad Film Fest action film festival. Further anchoring the festivities is a brand new trailer for the film which you can view below.
An assassin flashes between a nightmarish dream and her reality at a secret underground organization. When her latest mission involves killing a grieving mother, she discovers her target is closer to home than she realizes-much closer.
Echo 8 stars Tran who makes her feature-directing debut, and is joined on screen by actor and production partner Hara who will make an appearance at the August 26 screening for a Q&A with the audience. The film also stars David Vuong, Gabrielle Chan, Michael Quan, Eliza Nguyen, Felino Delloso, Joe June, Damien Sato and Mike Leeder. The film is also the first in a developing trilogy as of February, with periodic updates to be featured at Tran’s official production blog; An online table read for both sequels will take place on September 2 at 3:00pm EST.
“I’m honoured and surprise that our film got selected in a festival that had such a high caliber line up. Our low budget passion project from Australia can be amongst that and I can wait to meet other creatives and build our community,” says Hara.
Tran adds: “After 8 months since Echo 8 hit the screens, the makers are busy going and fast & furious to deliver the universe through a trilogy which we hope to film in early 2025 once we get all our finances.”
Nowadays Tran can be seen pounding the pavement over in Sydney, Australia where her newest documentary “Warrioress,” has just screened at Art Gallery of NSW. In the meantime, Echo 8 has already garnered awards and acknowledgement from organizations such as Austin Action Fest & Market, Cineverse Melbourne Film Festival, and Boden International Film Festival, among others.
Enjoy the trailer!
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